A sorry stalemate has developed in Argentina between a manager who won’t go, a federation that can’t sack him and a replacement they can’t pay
At least publicly Argentina manager Edgardo Bauza has received a vote of confidence from AFA president Claudio Tapia but in the background, matters appear far murkier with the wheels in motion for the departure of the national team manager.
Defeat to Bolivia has left Argentina’s World Cup qualification in the balance and only served to increase pressure on the already under-fire Bauza so when the AFA voted in a new president last week, the immediate future of the national team was the first order of business.
Tapia tentatively backed Bauza as he assumed power at the AFA saying that the current coach should be supported but this was in stark contrast to vice-president Daniel Angelici, who ominously told reporters, “Bauza was appointed by the normalization committee and so we are going to evaluate.”
That evaluation process appears to have been swift — if reports in the Argentine media are correct, Tapia’s reshuffled AFA have already made their decision and the die is cast for Bauza.